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Current Resident Testimonials

Andrew McDonald

Andrew McDonald

I initially came to Indiana University for internal medicine because I believed that Indiana University would be a good launch pad for my career into oncology. However, when I got here I realized that Indiana University had much more to offer. The education you receive from the faculty here at Indiana University is stellar. Your colleagues have a true, strong connection to one another not only as medical providers but as friends. The opportunities for research or other scholarly activities are plentiful. As a first year you have ample amounts of support from your upper levels and faculty. As an upper level you have the perfect amount of autonomy as a provider while still having assistance whenever needed. As a whole, Indiana University is a perfect program not only to develop into a specialist of your choosing but also to develop as a internal medicine clinician.

 

 

Erica SwansonErica Swanson

On my interview day, I was met with the most down-to-earth people I know, and I left thinking it would be such an honor to be a part of the Indiana University School of Medicine's team of residents. This has proven to be true in my short time here so far. The transition to intern year is tough, and I have found that the people around me have been what have helped me the most so far, whether that be my fellow co-interns, upper year residents, chiefs, attendings, nurses/support staff, and administration. Beyond the people, I was drawn here for the unique global health opportunities with AMPATH, ambulatory block education with training in nutrition, exercise, and wellness, as well as diverse training sites to serve the underserved population in Eskenazi, veterans at the VA, and more of a private sector at Methodist/Indiana University Health. Indianapolis itself is an affordable, midwest city with much to offer, from multiple food choices and outdoor parks without the hassle of long commutes. I am happy to call it home for the next three years!

 

 

Nihanth Damera

Nihanth Damera

I attended Indiana University School of Medicine for medical school, and what that allowed me to do was firsthand see how special of a program Indiana University Internal Medicine is. What stuck out to me the most was how comfortable the residents felt practicing and learning medicine everyday. It seemed like everybody knew each other, and everybody genuinely enjoyed coming to work and growing as physicians.  No matter what rotation I would be on, the faculty and staff were always so encouraging with residents, providing goal-oriented and constructive feedback but also giving them the autonomy and space to learn and grow into their own as physicians. Not only did I love the diversity in patients that we got to see at Indiana University, and with 4 different hospital systems that variety in patient load was truly valuable, but I felt that by doing my residency here I would giving myself countless opportunities to grow as a doctor and get to learn from some of the most humble, kind and selfless people I have met. One of the truly telling features of our program is how many people continue to stay at Indiana University throughout their training, and having people who have been here for residency, fellowship and as attendings creates a community where you really feel cared for by those who have already taken the path you are on right now. 

 

Ahmed KhalidAhmed Khalid

I actually had no idea I wanted to be a part of Indiana University Internal Medicine really badly until I had my pre-interview dinner and my interview day. I was blown away by how nice and friendly the people were including the residents, the coordinators and the program directors. Even though I spent less than 24 hours in the city, it felt like a nice cozy place to be at. Having spent a year in the program now, I am so glad and thankful I came here and that this place chose to have me. The greatest asset this program has are its people. Everyone from the program director down to the residents has been very approachable, friendly and easy to work with. I imagine intern year is not easy anywhere but the people here made sure I never felt overwhelmed and that I had all the help I needed. Perhaps most importantly, I feel like this program has instilled in me the value of always helping or offering help to your colleagues, interns or medical students. This culture of always having people to count on and never ever feeling like you're alone is what makes this program a cut above the rest. 10/10, love this place. 

Former Resident Testimonials

Cardiology:

      Asad Torabi (IU)

Asad Torabi

I wanted to train in Indiana for fellowship because I'm a Hoosier. This is my home state and I've trained here since medical school. The cardiology faculty here are excellent and I have a lot of mentors here at IU after training here for residency. I have a special interest in both interventional cardiology and echocardiography and our program is very strong in both of these subspecialties. I also really like general cardiology and I'm looking to learn as much as I can in other areas of cardiology such as EP and advanced heart failure. We also have a lot of unique opportunities such a having echo conference every week with Dr. Feigenbaum, the father of echocardiography. The program also provides a tremendous amount of cardiology resources to help you prepare for your cardiology boards. My co-fellows here are amazing. Stephanie, our program coordinator, goes above and beyond to make sure we have everything we need. This is a heavy clinical program with a lot of volume but very unique because it is such a big tertiary referral center in the state of Indiana. We also have a new chair, Dr. Raman, and she is looking to add more to department, such as strengthening our training in cardiac MRI/advanced imaging. Dr. Bhakta, our program director, has been wonderful. We are two weeks into training and I've truly enjoyed the experience thus far.

      Fatima Ezzeddine (Mayo Clinic)

Fatima Ezzeddine

As an IMG, IU was the first home for me in the United States. I still remember when I interviewed at IU, I felt very comfortable and welcomed. I was also impressed by the great things the residents had to say about the program. What stood out about IU during my interview trail and residency training was the diverse patient population seen in a four-hospital system. The unparalleled clinical experience, strong emphasis on resident education, and supportive environment pushed me to do my best every day. As I advanced through my training, I had a growing interest in cardiology, particularly in EP. At first, I was a little bit hesitant about being focused on EP that early in my training. However, with the help and guidance of great mentors, I realized that my early exposure to the EP field gave me enough time to become familiar with this analytical subspecialty. Overall, I felt well prepared for fellowship following residency. I matched at Mayo Clinic (Rochester) for cardiology fellowship, and the transition has been very smooth.  If I had to go back and do residency again, I’d definitely choose IU.  

 

Gastroenterology:

      Jenn Peng (IU)

Jennifer Peng

My name is Jenn Peng, and I will be starting as a first year Gastroenterology Fellow. I completed both my medical school and residency here at Indiana University. The decision to stay at IU for GI fellowship was easy. Not only are there amazing role models and mentors within the faculty and fellows, but also the educational opportunities here are truly endless. Fellows are exposed to a wide variety of GI pathology in addition to specialized training in Advanced Endoscopy, complex IBD, Motility, and Transplant Hepatology. The expert attendings here provide world-class education and are generous in their approach to teaching. Most importantly, I value the camaraderie and family-like atmosphere IU promotes within its GI fellowship program. Fellow well-being, happiness, and priorities truly come first. I am very excited to continue my training here.

 

 

Edward Chang (UCSF)

Indiana University provides the perfect substrate for internal medicine training. Beyond the bread and butter cases we see at Eskenazi Health and the VA Hospital, University Hospital and Methodist are tertiary referral centers for close to 20 IU Health hospitals located around the state of Indiana. In other words, we get to learn from and treat the most complex cases that the state has to offer in a "resident-run" clinical environment. As someone who worked as a hospitalist for one year before matching into gastroenterology fellowship, I can attest to the program's strength in preparing resident for both general internal medicine as well as fellowship candidacy. I was spoiled by the strength of the GI division at IU, which has leaders in the field throughout the entire spectrum of GI, liver, and hepatobiliary disease. I was particularly fortunate to find mentors in my field that supported my research ideas and provided me with the resources to do so. Even though I decided to pursue my GI fellowship training elsewhere, I fondly remember the great relationships established with my co-residents and mentors

Hematology/Oncology:


      Jenny King (IU)

Jennifer King

I’m one of the “lifers”. I did medical school, residency, and now will be entering fellowship all at IU. I am originally from Indiana and almost all of my family now lives in Indianapolis. I’m married with two kids, and we bought a house in the Eagle Creek area shortly before I started residency. Given that, it would seem it would just make sense that I would want to stay put for my continued training. And while that’s partially true, I actually went into fellowship interview season with an open mind and my husband’s nudging of, “maybe it’s time to try something new”. I was even almost won over by some of the more mountainous terrains and warm climates of the other programs I visited (I will always hate Indiana winters), but as the interview season drew to a close, I knew IU was where I wanted to continue training. Throughout my residency, I was able to form relationships with several of the hematologists and oncologists at IU through mentorship, research opportunities, and many oncology elective rotations. I stayed for a chief year, where I also saw how many of the faculty helped with medical education and mentorship for so many of our residents. The opportunity to learn from some of the nation’s top oncologists in the supportive and productive environment that I had already witnessed as a resident was what solidified my desire to stay. I’m so excited to be starting fellowship here, and I’m so thankful to be a “lifer”.

      Bharathi Muthusamy (Cleveland Clinic)

Bharathi MuthasmyI chose IU Internal Medicine for residency because of the diversity of patients due to its multiple hospitals and the solid clinical training I would get. As someone who went to medical school at IU (the main campus), I saw how well-trained the residents first hand, before starting residency. I did my Sub-I in the ICU and near the end was totally surprised to find out that my resident was going into Endocrinology and not Pulm/Critical Care. She was not only so capable clinically, but she was so excited about learning. It definitely helped that both the staff we were with were enthusiastic about teaching and answering all our questions. I knew after this experience that I wanted to be part of such an environment. Since graduating and starting Hematology/Oncology fellowship, I can't stress enough the importance of a program that helps you feel confident clinically and as a leader. I have felt it has made my transition a whole lot easier since I was given a good amount of autonomy during residency. Also because of the emphasis on education at IU, I feel comfortable asking questions to my staff and co-fellows. If there was some sort of "glitch in the matrix" and I had to do residency again, I would still choose IU School of Medicine. I am lucky to have trained in such a supportive learning environment. 

 

Pulmonology/Critical Care:

      Russell Purpura (Cleveland Clinic)

Russell Purpura

My wife and I couples matched to Indiana University (IU) from Texas for Emergency Medicine and Internal Medicine without every stepping foot in Indianapolis, except interview day. We both knew the IU programs would best prepare us and our future for multiple reasons. I personally wanted a wide variety of clinical pathology with high volume. This was easily attained since IU residents rotate between four hospital systems including a VA, county, tertiary and private hospitals. I also wanted robust learning opportunities during rounds and at daily conferences, along with personal teaching opportunities to interns and medical students. Each of these expectations at IU were met and more. I was constantly pushed to improve my clinical judgement, my bedside manner and my communication skills. I was inspired most by the Pulmonary and Critical Care staff at IU, which was the career path I chose. My research mentor, Dr. Khan, and other mentors such as Drs. Carlos and Bosslet supported me throughout all of residency and their guidance was ultimately how I got into my dream fellowship at Cleveland Clinic. I wouldn’t be the doctor I am today without IU’s diverse pathology, staff and learning opportunities. I strongly encourage all future applicants to consider Indy as your home during residency.


      Nick Iannazo (IU)

Nick Iannazo

When applying for residency there are a ton of factors that go into making this important decision. When I went to medical school in Chicago, I always thought I would eventually make my way back to Connecticut where my family is. I never really gave the Midwest a second thought, until my interview at IU. The people I met during my interview day helped me realize what a special place this is. Every instance I tried to rearrange my rank list, IU always seemed to be at the top, even though I didn't have any family members within a 12 hour drive. I ended up matching here and it was the best decision of my life. Here I met a great group of people while also receiving a fantastic training in internal medicine. IU gave me the ability to tailor my residency into what I needed to get me to my fellowship, even when I changed my focus after my first year. Due to the size of the program and all of our clinical sites I was able to experience everything I wanted to in order to make my fellowship decision. I enjoyed the program and the city so much, that I decided to stay for an extra chief year and then three more years of pulmonary/critical care fellowship. It is true that there are a lot of things that go into picking a residency, but for me it was the feeling I had when interviewing at IU that made the most difference to me. Given the opportunity, I would chose IU every time.  

 

Nephrology:

         Skye El Sayegh (IU)

Skye El Sayegh

Looking back through residency years, makes me feel so grateful and glad that it was at IU. There will be days that feel like eternity, you will feel overwhelmed and stressful at times but these will pass and you will be glad you went through it in a place just like IU. Days were long but years were short and I didn’t want to end my journey with IU and that’s why I decided to stay for fellowship! I met and became friends with great mentors, I began some everlasting friendships. Rotating at four different hospitals with different EMRs and different house staff might seem overwhelming but that what made IU unique and made me stay. IU will provide you with great educators, you will see so many pathologies and disease processes that you might only read in textbooks. If you want to become an expert in your field, IU is the right place for you! For me, nephrology fellowship was my ultimate goal and IU residency program had paved the way by introducing me to mentors and experts in the field of nephrology, the chiefs will work with you to tailor your electives and help you find research potentials based on your future interests. I ultimately decided on pursuing fellowship in the same program I did residency in as I know it will pave the way to a prosperous future career armed with enough knowledge. The other major bonus I got by choosing to stay with IU for fellowship is that I got to stay in a city that I can call home away from home, as I am an international medical graduate coming from Lebanon where my family is. Indy has its own charm from the gorgeous scenery of its parks to the mouthwatering restaurants. You will be glad you chose IU for residency, coming from an IU resident who decided to stay for fellowship as well!

Endocrinology:

Mickey Voss (Wisconsin)

Micky Voss

IU was a wonderful place to train for residency! All faculty, staff, and residents at IU create a wonderful learning environment while providing excellent patient care from your first day as an intern to graduation. The program leadership is very supportive of residents and goes above and beyond to address resident concerns and well-being through rapid and meaningful changes. A few examples from my three years at IU included leadership:

  1. Changing the call schedule at multiple hospitals to create night float systems 
  2. Creating new rotations focused on resident learning and subspeciality exposure
  3. Granting personal days for life tasks outside of medicine in addition to vacation

These are just a few changes in just three years demonstrating how IU truly cares about residents and helps make them successful. One other way the program helps residents achieve their goals is by providing days off for fellowship/job interviews. This was a huge benefit for scheduling my fellowship interviews that many residents from other programs didn't enjoy. Residency is challenging wherever you train, but I loved my time at IU and would choose to train here for residency again if given the choice. Thank you to everyone at IU for a great 3 years!